Halloween festivities will be coming up soon here in North Texas! Mothers, aren’t you tired of buying Halloween costumes for your children that are not practical, uncomfortable, and expensive? There is nothing worse than trying to stuff your little guy or girl into a bulky and hot costume in Texas heat. Why not make it yourself? It doesn’t have to be difficult, and you don’t have to own a sewing machine. You don’t even have to pick up a needle and thread! Here are some ideas and tips to make your at-home costumes easy, affordable, and most of all…AWESOME!
Jennifer Perkins, craft expert for HGTV, has graciously uploaded several easy and no-sew videos to YouTube. Take advantage of her genius ideas by watching!
Turtle, ladybug, gingerbread man
Girl’s costumes: garden girl, fairy, and candy cane
Boy’s costumes: pirate, spider web, prisoner
You can also use ideas from various costume videos and taper them for your individual needs. ParentsTV had a great segment with Abby Pecorillo, showing great and easy homemade costumes. CLICK HERE to watch the video and get a ton of tips:
*Ballerinas, fairies, or princesses would look great with a no-sew tutu that can be tapered to your costume color and theme. Simply by tying 40 equal-length strips of toile and ribbon and jewels (if you’d like) onto an elastic hair headband, you can make a very cute child’s tutu in minutes! (Or, you can buy elastic in place of the headband and make one in adult sizes).
*Maybe you have a little boy who would be an adorable rocker or a dinosaur? Use fleece to make a helmet (or existing hat) with stegosaurus spikes or a mow hawk.
* Buy iron-on transfer paper that matches your printer, and make a themed shirt for the occasion using Google images (remember you CANNOT sell them!)
–See Heather Keener’s article, “Make easy iron on transfers using free imaging software: Just in time for Halloween”
The quick&simple website is also a great resource! Create a pink pom-pom poodle from a sweat suit. Put together the accessories for Clark Kent, changing into a well-known superhero
Jelly beans in a jar
Jelly fish with bubble wrap
Painter with splatters
Or, buy a picture frame and a print with a face that fits the frame. Cut a hole where the face in the picture is, glue the print into the frame, and tie around the kiddo. What a cute little Mona Lisa!
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